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Achieving nuclear ambitions : scientists, politicians and proliferation

Author: Jacques E C Hymans
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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"Despite the global spread of nuclear hardware and knowledge, at least half of the nuclear weapons projects launched since 1970 have definitively failed, and even the successful projects have generally needed far more time than expected. To explain this puzzling slowdown in proliferation, Jacques E.C. Hymans focuses on the relations between politicians and scientific and technical workers in developing countries. By  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jacques E C Hymans
ISBN: 9780521767002 0521767008 9780521132251 0521132258
OCLC Number: 768041902
Awards: Winner of Grawemeyer Award - Improving World Order 2014.
Winner of APSA Science, Technology and Environmental Politics Organized Section Don K. Price Award 2013.
Winner of National Academy of Public Administration Louis Brownlow Award 2013.
Description: xii, 315 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1 The puzzle of declining nuclear weapons project efficiency 1 --
2 A theory of nuclear weapons project efficiency and inefficiency 41 --
3 Spinning in place: Iraq's fruitless quest for nuclear weapons 79 --
4 How did China's nuclear weapons project succeed? 124 --
5 Proliferation implications of international civil nuclear cooperation: theory and a case study of Tito's Yugoslavia 157 --
6 Proliferation implications of footloose nuclear scientists: theory and a case study of Peron's Argentina 203 --
7 Empirical extensions: Libya, Pakistan, North Korea, Iran 239 --
8 Lessons for policymakers and directions for future research 262.
Responsibility: Jacques E.C. Hymans.


A powerful new perspective on nuclear proliferation that counters the widespread fears of a coming cascade of new nuclear powers.  Read more...
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'A masterful, highly readable, outside-the-box analysis of a central problem of international relations. It convincing[ly] demonstrates that the fashionable alarmism over nuclear proliferation, and Read more...

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